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On August 13, 1956.

On August 13, 1956, “Decca” label released “Rock ‘n Roll Stage Show”, the fourth Bill Haley and His Comets album. It was recorded in March 1956, in New York City, and was produced by Milt Gabler.

Personnel:

  • Bill Haley– vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Franny Beecher– vocal, lead guitar
  • Billy Williamson– vocal, steel guitar
  • Johnny Grande– piano, accordion
  • Al Rex– vocal, double bass
  • Ralph Jones– drums
  • Rudy Pompilli- tenor saxophone

Track listing:

  1. Calling All Comets – Bill Haley, Milt Gabler, Rudy Pompilli
  2. Rockin’ Thru the Rye – Bill Haley, Milt Gabler, Rusty Keefer, Catherine Cafra
  3. A Rockin’ Little Tune – Johnny Grande, Billy Williamson
  4. Hide and Seek – Paul Winley, Ethel Byrd
  5. Hey Then, There Now – Rudy Pompilli, Ralph Jones
  6. Goofin’ Around – Franny Beecher, Johnny Grande
  7. Hook, Line and Sinker – Bill Haley, Edward A. Khoury, Ronnie Bonner
  8. Rudy’s Rock – Bill Haley, Rudy Pompilli
  9. Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – Milt Gabler, Denver Darling, Vaughn Horton
  10. Blue Comet Blues – Franny Beecher, Al Rex
  11. Hot Dog Buddy Buddy – Bill Haley
  12. Tonight’s the Night – Bill Haley, Catherine Cafra

 

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On August 12, 1957.

On August 12, 1957, “Decca” label released “Rockin’ the Oldies”, the fifth Bill Haley and His Comets album. It was recorded March – April, 1957, in New York, and was produced by Milt Gabler.

Personnel:

  • Bill Haley– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Franny Beecher– lead guitar
  • Billy Williamson– steel guitar
  • Johnny Grande– piano
  • Al Rex– double bass
  • Ralph Jones– drums
  • Frankie Scott- tenor saxophone

Track listing:

  1. The Dipsy Doodle – Larry Clinton
  2. You Can’t Stop Me from Dreaming – Cliff Friend, Dave Franklin
  3. Apple Blossom Time- Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson
  4. Moon Over Miami- Joe Burke, Edgar Leslie
  5. Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
  6. Carolina in the Morning- Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
  7. Miss You- Charles Tobias, Henry Tobias, Harry Tobias
  8. Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone- Sam H. Stept, Sidney Clare
  9. Ain’t Misbehavin’- Harry Brooks, Fats Waller, Andy Razaf
  10. One Sweet Letter from You – Harry Warren, Lew Brown, Sidney Clare
  11. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter- Joe Young, Fred E. Ahlert
  12. Somebody Else is Taking My Place – Dick Howard, Bob Ellsworth, Russ Morgan

 

On January 5, 1969.

On January 5, 1959, “Decca” label released “Bill Haley’s Chicks”, the eight Bill Haley & His Comets album. It was recorded February – June, 1958, in New York City, and was produced by Milt Gabler.

Personnel:

  • Bill Haley– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Franny Beecher– lead guitar
  • Billy Williamson– vocal, steel guitar
  • Johnny Grande– piano
  • Al Rex– bass guitar
  • Ralph Jones– drums
  • Rudy Pompilli- tenor saxophone, clarinet

Track listing:

  1. Whoa Mabel! – Bill Haley, Milt Gabler, Rusty Keefer, Catherine Cafra
  2. Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider – Eddie Leonard, Eddie Munson
  3. Eloise – Bill Haley, Milt Gabler, Rusty Keefer, Catherine Cafra
  4. Dinah – Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Harry Akst
  5. Skinny Minnie – Bill Haley, Milt Gabler, Rusty Keefer, Catherine Cafra
  6. Mary Mary Lou – Cayet Mangiaracina
  7. Sweet Sue, Just You – Will J. Harris, Victor Young
  8. B. Betty – Bill Haley, Milt Gabler, Rusty Keefer, Catherine Cafra
  9. Charmaine – Erno Rapee, Lew Pollack
  10. Corrine, Corrina – Bo Chatmon, Mitchell Parish,  Mayo Williams
  11. Marie – Irving Berlin
  12. Lean Jean – Stella Lee, Johnny Grande, Ralph Jones, Rudy Pompilli

On December 14, 1959.

On December 14, 1959, “Decca” label released “Strictly Instrumental, the ninth Bill Haley & His Comets album. It was recorded June 1958 – September 1959, and was produced by Milt Gabler.

Personnel:

  • Bill Haley– rhythm guitar
  • Franny Beecher– lead guitar
  • Billy Williamson– steel guitar
  • Johnny Grande– piano
  • Ralph Jones– drums
  • Rudy Pompilli- tenor saxophone
  • Al Rex– bass guitar
  • Al Pompilli- bass guitar
  • Al Rappa- bass guitar

 Track listing:

  1. Joey’s Song- Joe Reisman
  2. Music! Music! Music!- Bernie Baum, Stephen Weiss
  3. Mack the Knife – Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein
  4. In a Little Spanish Town- Mabel Wayne, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young
  5. Two Shadows – Johnny Grande, Billy Williamson
  6. Shaky – Franny Beecher, Billy Williamson
  7. Strictly Instrumental – Bennie Benjamin, Edgar Battle, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler
  8. Skokiaan- Tom Glazer, August Msarurgwa
  9. Puerto Rican Peddler – Johnny Brandon
  10. Drowsy Waters – Jack Ailau
  11. Chiquita Linda (Un Poquito de tu Amor) – Julio Gutierrez
  12. The Catwalk – Franny Beecher, Billy Williamson